In just two months, the number of defendants in the second of named inventor and frequent plaintiff Leigh M. Rothschild’s QR (Quick Response) Code campaign has swollen close to 50. Last week, the plaintiff, Coding Technologies, LLC, filed ten new complaints, one each against Acuity Brands, AstraZeneca, Blackboard, Calix, Chevron, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Cypress Semiconductor, DuPont, Digi International, and ITT Manufacturing Enterprises. The defendants are accused of infringing a patent generally related to providing content from a server in response to a photographic image taken of a “code pattern”.
Display Technologies, LLC, one of the numerous NPEs controlled by inventor Leigh M. Rothschild, has filed a new round of cases in its ongoing litigation campaign. The plaintiff’s latest two lawsuits accuse Gibson Brands (Gibson Innovations) (1:17-cv-01426) and Pioneer (1:17-cv-01427) of infringement through the provision of various Bluetooth audio devices. Both are alleged to infringe through the provision of portable Bluetooth speakers, with Philips also alleged to infringe through Bluetooth-enabled home audio devices such as stereos, and Pioneer through Bluetooth-capable home theater systems. These two complaints, filed in Delaware, are the first that Display Technologies has filed outside of the Eastern District of Texas, and the first since its case against HTC was transferred from the latter district in June due to the US Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland.
Leigh M. Rothschild currently has two ongoing litigation campaigns hitting companies over their use of QR (Quick Response) Codes; one begun in February 2015 by Symbology Innovations, LLC, which has since been taken over by another Rothschild-controlled plaintiff, RFID Technology Innovations, LLC, and has hit nearly 100 companies to date; and one started in August, run by Coding Technologies, LLC. This past week, Coding Technologies added 20 new defendants to its campaign, including Arthrex, Delta Airlines, Flipboard, HSN, IBM, Mercedes-Benz, MetLife, and Philip Morris International, bringing its total defendant count to 38 as of the publication date of this report. As in the NPE’s previous complaints, the defendants are accused of infringing a patent generally related to providing content from a server in response to a photographic image taken of a “code pattern”; additionally, two of the newest defendants (FCB Financial Holdings and WZ Franchise) are also accused of infringing a second, related patent. The new lawsuits also continue Rothschild’s recent trend of asserting patents received from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV).
Coding Technologies, LLC, a Texas NPE formed by prolific inventor and frequent patent plaintiff Leigh M. Rothschild, has filed suit over one of the seven patents that RPXreported in May had been transferred to the new entity from an Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) affiliate. The patent asserted generally relates to providing content from a server in response to a photographic image taken of a “code pattern”. Coding Technologies accuses 17 defendants—American Airlines, Apache, BNSF Railway, Ben E. Keith Company, Cabot Oil & Gas, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Halliburton, Huntsman, Keller Williams Realty, Mary Kay, MRC Global, Omni Hotels, Powell Industries, Schlumberger Technology, Spectra Energy, and Stewart & Stevenson LLC—of infringement through their delivery of a web page after a user has snapped a picture of a QR code with a “user terminal” (i.e. a smartphone). Nine of the complaints were filed in the Eastern District of Texas; the other seven, in the Southern District.